Frequently asked questions
The IRS does not call and leave pre-recorded, urgent messages asking for a call back. In this tactic, the victim is told if they do not call back, a warrant will be issued for their arrest. Other variations may include threat of other law-enforcement agency intervention, deportation or revocation of licenses.
The IRS does not initiate contact with taxpayers by email to request personal or financial information. The IRS initiates most contacts through regular mail delivered by the United States Postal Service. However, there are special circumstances in which the IRS will call or come to a home or business, such as when a taxpayer has an overdue tax bill, to secure a delinquent tax return or a delinquent employment tax payment, or to tour a business as part of an audit or during criminal investigations.
Can’t Pay Now?
- Meet your tax obligation in monthly installments by applying for a payment plan (including installment agreement).
- Find out if you qualify for an offer in compromise — a way to settle your tax debt for less than the full amount
- Request that we temporarily delay collection until your financial situation improves
Call your tax guy. Many letters that come from the IRS are only informaional and may need a simple answere, but don’t wait you usually have 30 days to respond.